SIS is headed by Alex Younger, known as the Chief of SIS or 'C'
(after the first Chief, who signed himself
'C'). Alex took up his post on the 3rd
The Chief's role
The Chief is the only serving member of the Service who is
officially named in public. He is appointed by, and is
accountable to, the Foreign
Secretary. The Chief is responsible for the control of
SIS operations and for the efficiency of the Service. He has a duty
to ensure that all SIS actions are consistent with its statutory
He makes an annual report on the work of SIS to the Prime
Minister and the Foreign Secretary.
Alex Younger is a career SIS officer and has been in the Service
For the last two years he has been overseeing the Service's
intelligence operations worldwide. He has had overseas postings in
Europe and the Middle East and was the senior SIS officer in
Afghanistan. He has filled a variety of operational roles in
London, including leading the Services work on counter terrorism in
the three years running up to the Olympic Games.
Before joining the Service, Alex was an officer in the British
Army. He is an economics graduate.
Outside of SIS, Alex enjoys music, sailing and mountaineering.
He is married with children.